Category: "Announcements"

Reason to be Hopeful

Reason to be Hopeful

unsplash-logoPaul Dufour

So I haven't written in a while. I've created for myself a challenge so that I can responsibly fund my life and be on the road campaigning, and I've let my posts slide.

To be truthful, I also agree with a lot of what President Trump says he is trying to accomplish, and while he may be a little more brash than we might expect from a proper statesman, he's also saying what needs to be said, and confronting power structures which do not operate to our advantage.

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If You Choose War . . .

If You Choose War . . .

If you want to see it as a tragedy, I'm not going to take that away from you. Tragedy is a part of the human condition. We all have our tragedies, individual, group, religious, national even.

It's what you do with that tragedy that's on you. A constructive way to deal with a tragedy might look something like asking yourself:

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I (am not) like Trump

I want to start this year by distinguishing myself from Mr. Trump.

In some ways this is pretty easy. I've only ever been married to one person. I've never been questioned about consorting with prostitutes; I've never even given people cause to raise such questions.

I do my best to avoid law suits, and have yet to be sued. I've never been too big to fail. I've never lost millions. And mostly, I've never been a part of the swamp I want to drain.

And that's the problem with Mr. Trump, and most presidents going back as far as I remember. The same people tapped to right our excesses are the ones who profit from them.

I've recently watched Netflix's series Dirty Money, and Inside Job in the middle of that. And as biased as those programs may be, the truth is still that the rich are getting richer, the poor poorer, and the average guy feels screwed. Because money talks, and the people spending the most are the ones walking away with billions.

And in some ways it's harder to distinguish myself.

I really liked President Trump's State of the Union. And I did find the conduct of a number of Democrats quite shameful. For the most part, I have to agree with his direction.

But it could use some tweaking, and I'm happy to take that on.